Kelly Dennis, Esq.

Kelly Dennis, Esq.

(Shinnecock and Hassanamisco Nipmuc)
Partnership Strategist

Kelly joins Native Americans in Philanthropy as Partnership Strategist through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to support private-public partnerships with Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and other NGOs. Kelly works to support public-private partnerships with local and international foundations and NGOs, as well as businesses and other private sector entities in the realm of conservation and co-stewardship, economic development, climate resiliency and adaptation as well as education initiatives including those strengthening Native languages and cultural revitalization.

Kelly is an attorney who previously served a full two-year term as Councilwoman Secretary for the Shinnecock Indian Nation Council of Trustees elected governing body. Kelly also served on the first-ever DOI Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) and was appointed to be the Eastern Region Primary Representative during her term as an elected Tribal Leader. Kelly received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law with an American Indian Law Certificate after participating in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC), Tribal Law Journal, and the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). A cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in Japanese language studies. Kelly is admitted to the practice of law in New York State.

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